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Oct 28, 2012 11:30am EDT
think what you saw in the debates that was governor romney and president obama both understand the american people are sick and tired of these wars. they are sorry they ever heard of the place called the middle east. they just want out. and so the question is how do you, to the degree you can, shape the environment after you get out? and i think that's what all of this talk about 2014 in afghanistan is, to focus the minds of afghan leaders. we are not going to be around. and i actually think iraq has gone better than i expected. so, who knows. afghanistan might too. i'm actually though in the long run, more pessimistic about afghanistan than i am about iraq. >> start by why do you think iraq has gone better than expected and then michael will talk about where you think there's gaps in this path's approach to t. >> i thought that iraq would unravel after the americans left. in fact, aid series on my blog called "iraq, the unraveling." it hasn't. rather it has sort of come to a stalemate it is not falling apart but not making any political progress it is just sort of sitting there, n
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Nov 4, 2012 8:00am EST
message of hope amid the ruins. >>> and down the stretch they come. president obama and governor romney crisscrossing the country hoping to persuade veters to vote for them on election day. and we are right in the middle of all the action "today," sunday, november 4, 2012. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," decision 2012, with lester holt and erica hill live from democracy plaza. >>> good morning and welcome to "today" on a sunday morning. i'm lester holt here on our beautiful little location. i call it the studio with a view, democracy plaza. our backdrop for nbc's election coverage. >> and a nice view it is. i'm erica hill. it's good you made it this morning extra early, ready to go. >> i forgot to set my clock. >> you did. >> the good news is i started my newscast an hour ago. thanks for watching and have a great sunday, everybody. >> lester is out of here. we should point out part of our job here at the "today" show and, of course, nbc news is to make sure our viewers are informed which jenna wolfe did a fine job of yesterday. you may have missed this
NBC
Oct 28, 2012 8:00am EDT
this storm. the candidates were both supposed to be here, president obama and governor romney have now canceled their campaign appearances in virginia but that's nothing, of course, compared to the danger being faced by millions of people in its path. we have two live reports including the track of the storm from al coming up in just a moment. and we cannot tell a lie. we'll have a little fun as well. when we catch up with a guy who bears a very unique resemblance to the first president of the united states. he's got some pretty interesting things to say, jenna, about this current race. >> well, i, too, could look like that guy if i dressed up the way he did, although there is a striking resemblance. >>> we'll switch gears from politics to talk about a very, very overweight daschund. there's a little controversy following this poor guy around. he looks happy so maybe he's not aware of what's going on. >> we'll see you near the end of the show. >> also a guy known as a toy hunter is going to explain why you just may be sitting on be a forte if you hung on to any of your old toys. bu
NBC
Oct 29, 2012 6:00pm EDT
also closed tomorrow. d.c. public schools also will be closed. >>> president obama, local governors and other leaders are all asking all of us to stay home and stay safe through the rest of this storm. if you don't have what you need at home, chances are the stores don't have it either. >> pat collins has been out in montgomery county all day. he's up on i-270 in rockville. pat? >> reporter: jim, i've been to gas stations that don't have gas. i've been to radio shacks that don't have transistor radios. and flashlights, forget about flashlights. if you don't have it by now, this is no time to go out and get it. stay home. live without it. wait this storm out. now, we're on 270 near montrose road. the rain here is relentless. we get sudden gusts of win every now and again. the traffic is light. but getting through the roads, likely to become dangerous. let's hear now from some 270 road warriors. >> hard driving. win wind. >> reporter: hard to keep the control? >> yep. it's raining a lot. but it's not disrupting traffic at all. >> i can still see where i'm going at leas i'm glad i have
NBC
Oct 30, 2012 6:00pm EDT
answer today. >> reporter: the romney spokesman said the former governor believes states are in the best position to direct from the federal government. tomorrow president obama joins high profile republican governor chris christie for a tour of new jersey damage. political opponents brought together by the superstorm. >>> we are learning about an amazing story of survival that up folded during the height of the storm yesterday. 14 crew members rescued from the dangerous waters of the atlantic ocean. the ship known as the "hms bounty" was on its way to florida trying to get out of harm's way. it got caught up in the storm. it started taking on water. and the crew was forced to bannon ship. coast guard helicopters flew into the center of the storm of struggled with tropical storm force winds and air lifted 14 people to safety. >> the transit out there was riltly low level. about 300 feet so we could stay out of the clouds. there was a lot of wind and rain. >> reporter: one crew member was found unresponsive. she died a short time later at a local hospital. the ship's captain also is
NBC
Oct 30, 2012 5:00pm EDT
devastated other areas like new york. the tour was part of a conference call with president obama and other mayors and governors. >> first the president once again underscored his commitment to doing everything possible to help in every state and city that has been affected by sandy. he indicated that he is prepared to make sure we cut through all the red tape so that the federal assistance as needed which of course is need more by some than others, will be made immediately available. and he indicated this could have been a lot worse. he said i'm looking out my window and i see there's a mess out here but all my people are at work. so it looks like things are moving along. >> reporter: the d.c. government and schools closed two days, are to reopen on wednesday. and early voting will resume. the city also has canceled a controversial $15 surcharge for any taxi cab ride. >> we'll work to get things moving back as they should be. >> reporter: during this tour, the mayor was glad to see that the flood prone neighborhood of bloomingdale in near northwest made it through without serious dam
NBC
Nov 4, 2012 11:30am EST
nation-building here at home. that's the right path. so read my plan, compare it to governor romney's... and decide which is better for you. it's an honor to be your president... and i'm asking for your vote... so together, we can keep moving america forward. i'm barack obama and i approve this message. >>> harvey, a question that i've always thought about, your reputation is anybody that is fearless in terms of making selections about films and very diverse in your choices. what informs your gut and your head about kind -- the kinds of projects to take on? >> well, you know, sometimes people laugh, the movies when they first hear about them. i know my staff when i said i'm making a movie about a stuterring king, he's out of his mind and became "the king's speech." last year when i did the artist, and had to tell the board of directors of my company, we have this movie, it's in black and white. okay, who's he? they don't know. there's one other thing, it's silent. they say, you're just out of your mind. won the academy award last year and now you think you can make a silent movie. i g
NBC
Oct 30, 2012 7:00am EDT
of minutes. >> all right ahead, sandy has both president obama and governor romney standing down on the politics with the presidential race exactly one week away. they have canceled their public events today and friday's all-important jobs report might be delayed. we'll talk about the storm's impact on the race and the economy with chuck todd and cnbc's jim cramer just ahead. >> a quick note for you. we're sad to say that due to sandy we will not be having our halloween celebration on the plaza tomorrow, so if you were planning to join us out here in costume, we want you to stay home, stay safe. we will get that done at some other point. things are more important. >> they are indeed. you'll have to put the ponte hose away for another year. get the latest on the storm, the record flooding we've seen in lower manhattan. let's get to natalie morales in battery park city in the southern tip of mat hannan. natalie, good morning to you again. >> reporter: good morning to you, savannah, once again. we're fully now beginning to realize the devastation of sandy. as you have mentioned in the
NBC
Nov 1, 2012 10:00pm EDT
survive. >> this has everything. it's got politics, environment, national security. in endorsing obama today, mayor bloomberg mentioned climate change. and as i said to the governor, it's already new amsterdam. could the city be the new new amsterdam? >> i think it's important to start thinking about infrastructure as essential national security. for the last ten years plus, the united states has had a main national security priority, the thing we've spent the most money on, a trillion-plus dollars, that's been bringing democracy to iraq and afghanistan, with very questionable results. people i've spoken to, experts in the field say, we would be a lot safer, not just richer, if he had spent a lot of that money on improving infrastructure. that is not to say that counterterrorism isn't important. it certainly is. but they're related because the stronger your society is, the more protected you are also from a terrorist attack. >> may have to keep you around to cover this for a while. richard engel, thanks. good to see you. this disaster has been a great equalizer. if you're living in a p
NBC
Nov 4, 2012 6:00am EST
. the virginia governor mcdonald saying we worked well together and lord knows that christie, i'm wondering if he's going to vote for president obama after all of this. and that certainly makes obama look very presidential, looks compassionate as christie has said and i think that will have an impact on the race. >> no katrina moments for president obama and my reporting indicates there haven't been any. and mitt romney just tries to have service event and plays it down, campaigning strongly now. they both are. one of those factors we'll know more about on election day. >> we have to take a break, we'll be right back. stay with us. >>> the washington area dodge the the worst of hurricane sandy, but a lot of people faced a loss of power and downed trees. how did the region do? how did we weather the storm? how did utilities weather it, how did they prepare? >> the input we are getting is that they did pretty well that there was preparation and good response, a little bit of concern raised about the virginia situation with their power folks, pepco. a lot of people were saying a lot
NBC
Nov 2, 2012 5:00am EDT
so much, daniela. >>> a sprint to the finish and mi both mitt romney and obama focusing on ohio. tracie potts has the latest on the race. >> reporter: good morning. take a look at these scheduled. it is clear, they will be very busy. governor romney on sunday alone is visiting four states in one day. the rest of the candidates will be in ohio 12 times between now and election day. both of them in ohio today. governor romney making visits to seven states between now and tuesday, tonight in ohio, he will be joined by 100 other politicians and celebrities backing his campaign. president obama, every single day between now and tuesday in ohio. both making closing arguments to voters. >> that's why i know what real change looks like. because i fought for it. i've got the scars to prove it. i've got gray hair to show for it. you fought for it too. and after all that we've been through together, we sure as heck can't give up now. >> look, the obama campaign is out there chanting. i drove by a group of protester, and they said four more years. we have our own chant. it's five more days,
NBC
Oct 27, 2012 7:00am EDT
governor romney. now it's a very close race. it's anywhere from president obama with a very, very slight lead to just about an even race in ohio. so it's going to come down to the wire. >> and karen, when you break down the ohio numbers further, it's interesting when you look at those who will vote early, the obama folks went about six out of ten early voters, but losing those who say they're going to vote on election day, 44 to 51, romney with 51. what's the story there? is it potentially that the obama campaign is peaking too early with the early vote snerl larly? >> i don't think so. i think that's great spin from the romney campaign. here's the thing to remember, actually. early voters tend to be what we call sporadic voters. it's a different universe than those who actually vote on election day. they're people who don't necessarily vote in any election, presidential, midterm, you know it. so by targeting the sporadic voters to get them out to vote early, you're actually expanding the universe of voters. so some of these polls that are suggesting that some of these folks -- th
NBC
Nov 3, 2012 9:00am EDT
tanks. new jersey's governor chris christie has ordered gas rationing based on your license plate number. meantime, the obama administration has ordered the purchase of as much as 22 million gallons of fuel and diesel for the areas hardest hit by sandy. many stations are closed because of damage or lack of power leading to lines that stretch for miles to get to the few stations that are open. >>> stay with news 4 and nbc washington.com for the latest on hurricane sandy's impact and remember to help the storm victims you can go to red cross.org or call 1-800-help now and also text the word red cross to 90999 to make a $10 donation. >>> montgomery county police are asking for your help in finding a suspect who sexually assaulted a woman on the capitol crescent trail. police released this sketch of the suspect. late last month a 21-year-old woman was jogging on the trail near brookway drive when a man attacked her. he knocked her out, dragged her into the woods, and sexually assaulted her. police are asking anyone with any information on this incident to come forward. >>> and a man n
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Oct 29, 2012 4:30am EDT
... do some nation-building here at home. that's the right path. so read my plan, compare it to governor romney's... and decide which is better for you. it's an honor to be your president... and i'm asking for your vote... so together, we can keep moving america forward. i'm barack obama and i approve this message. >>> 13 before the top of the hour. as we track sandy, you are looking live at storm team 4 radar. you can see the first outer bands of the storm starting to hit the coast of virginia, north carolina, maryland, the d.c. area as well starting to see some of the first rain from this storm, which will get much heavier as the hours pass. >> it doesn't matter exactly where sandy hits because we are going to feel the impact of this storm. this is a live look at rehoboth beach, where you can see the winds gusting 45 miles per hour. the residents bracing for what could be worst of this storm on the east coast communities. >>> and the death toll is rising in the caribbean days after sandy ripped across several island nations. 65 people now dead because of this storm. 51 of those deaths
NBC
Nov 1, 2012 5:00pm EDT
class. >> we know what change looks like. and what the governor's offering sure ain't change. >> as the candidates began their closing arguments in the battleground, lines were long for absentee voting in fairfax county. this obama supporter doesn't think any storms will cause any major shift in the presidential contest but hopes there might be a slight lead for president obama. >> because of the storm, if i had to say something's going to get a bump, i guess it would be obama, because he's out front showing leadership, paying attention to the needs of the people. >> reporter: meantime, this romney supporter worries sandy might have sucked some momentum out of the race on both sides. >> momentum sort of disappeared. nobody was really thinking about it. nor did they care for a while. i think it hasn't come back to where it was before. whether that's going to have an effect, i hope not. because we need everybody to go out. >> coming up at 6:00, we'll hear from those voters and others about the decisions they made today, and what they think is going to happen in battleground virginia.
NBC
Oct 29, 2012 5:00am EDT
morning. in rehoboth beach, erica gonzalez, news 4. >>> president obama says the federal government will help every city and state that is devastated by sandy. >> my message to the governors as well as to the mayors, anything they need, we will be there. we're going to cut through red tape. we're not going to get bogged down with a lot of rules. we want to make sure we are anticipating and leaning forward into making sure we've got the best response. >> the president issued that rn warning while touring headquarters in the district. he also freed up federal aid to help the city respond to sandy. >> the president says he does not think sandy will affect next week's election. it is, however, affecting early voting today. governor o'malley cancelled early voting today in maryland. it is supposed to run until thursday, but the governor hopes to extend that through friday to make up for today. >>> everyone across the region is bracing for the storm, but a few people are watching with caution as much as people in low lying areas. >> news 4's melissa mollet joins us live from alexandria where t
NBC
Nov 4, 2012 6:30pm EST
final "countdown" is on and the gut check moment has arrived for president obama and governor romney as they make the crucial decisions as to where and how to marshall their resources into places they can still make a difference. and tonight, we're about to release the results of our time poll in this race, a last-minute snapshot that could give both camps a reason for hope and anxiety. and how the hurricane sandy disaster has affected this race. let's start with our political director and chief white house correspondent chuck todd who's just below me here on democracy plaza. >> let's get right to the numbers, the president with a very narrow lead, 48% to 47%. this is almost last close presidential election we had which is when president bush also had a 48% to 47% lead. among early voters, president obama with a seven-point advantage here. four in ten voters may vote early this year. and in the battle ground states, the president's got a four-point lead and that's within the margin of error. in the northea let me show you where there may be a sandy effect, and that is the idea of which
NBC
Oct 29, 2012 4:00pm EDT
. that's the right path. so read my plan, compare it to governor romney's... and decide which is better for you. it's an honor to be your president... and i'm asking for your vote... so together, we can keep moving america forward. i'm barack obama and i approve this message. and it feels like your lifeate revolves around your symptoms, ask your gastroenterologist about humira adalimumab. humira has been proven to work for adults who have tried other medications but still experience the symptoms of moderate to severe crohn's disease. in clinical studies, the majority of patients on humira saw significant symptom relief, and many achieved remission. humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal events, such as infections, lymphoma, or other types of cancer, have happened. blood, liver and nervous system problems, serious allergic reactions, and new or worsening heart failure have occurred. before starting humira, your doctor should test you for tb. ask your doctor if you live in or have been to a region where certain fungal infections are
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Oct 31, 2012 4:00pm EDT
. president obama joined governor chris christie touring the devastation. an over welling look at what sandy left behind. boats and kayaks now to belie s way to get around. many who lived through the storm still struggling to survive. >> we are wore yesterday. we don't have a place to live. we're staying with friends and family. but that only lasts so long. and we're running out of food and everything. >> reporter: in new york city, many subways are still under water. limited service could come back thursday. >> virtually all of them levelled to the ground. >> reporter: more than 100 homes swallowed by fire in breezy point, queens. millions beginning a difficult recovery and clinging tight to anything sandy left behind. and there are still so many just waiting for that opportunity right now. dozens of communities, including the hardest hit here, are still on lockdown. i'm jay gray. now back to you. >> we're awaiting a press conference from the president at any moment. we'll bring that to you live. >>> breaking news right now out of new york city, with more trouble caused by sandy. bell
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Nov 3, 2012 7:00am EDT
all covered live. three days and counting. president obama and governor romney make their final appearances in battleground states as we inch closer to election day. this morning, the results of our new polling in the states that just might decide this election. >>> and, welcome erica. say hello to the newest member of the "today" family, my new co-anchor erica hill. we can't wait for her to get started today, saturday november 3rd, 2012. >> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," decision 2012. with lester holt and erica hill. live from democracy plaza. >>> and a big good morning to everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday morning. i'm lester holt here on democracy plaza, our home for nbc's election coverage, all the way through tuesday. but i am right now pleased to welcome my new co-host erica hill. great to have you here. before we get started, there is a bit of a tradition we like to do to welcome you folks. jeff, please. >> and erica hill. >> that has a nice ring to it. i'm not going to lie. >> when you heard the -- your heart beats. >> it's true, that music
NBC
Oct 28, 2012 10:30am EDT
states where this election will be won. the final push has president obama and governor romney fire storming seven critical states across the country in the hunt for 270 electoral votes. is argument -- >> unemployment is falling. manufacturing is coming back. >> the passion. this is an election about big things. about big choices. >> and the ground game. the critical effort to deliver key voting groups to the polls. this morning, we hear about it all from key figures on the ground. all important ohio. can romney win the white house without it? we'll ask the state republican governor, john casic. wisconsin governor scott walker and colorado's democratic governor, john. analysis on what will tip the scales in this tight presidential race. from the round table, from msnbc, rachel maddow, new york times columnist david brooks, washington post columnist, former ceo of hewlett packard, carly. our chief white house correspondent, chuck todd. >>> announcer: from nbc news in washington, "meet the press" with david gregory. >>> good morning on this sunday. as if it wasn't enough to have this
NBC
Nov 1, 2012 4:00am EDT
deliver your supplies. >>> in atlantic city president obama was met by new jersey governor chris christie. after the two leaders surveyed the damage along the jersey shore, the president vowed he wouldn't tolerate red tape. >> i've instituted a 15-minute rule essentially on my team. you return everybody's phone calls in 15 minutes, whether it's the mayor's, the governors, the county officials, if they need something, we figure out a way to say yes. >> during one of his stop, governor christie found more victims in utter despair. >> i just want everybody to get help. >> yeah. >> they don't deserve it. look at their house, our house, everything is gone. >> yeah. >> i've never in ten years had water in my house. >> that's horrible. in new york the desperate race to get america's biggest city back up and running continues. water is being pumped out of the subway system. officials in new york and connecticut say the subway rail system that millions depend on will start returning today though on a very limited basis. >>> and it is an amazing but eerie sight. much of the skyline of lower manhatt
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Oct 31, 2012 6:00am EDT
as well. congrats. >>> president obama will join new jersey governor chris christie this morning to tour storm damage along the state's ravaged coast. it comes as millions more dollars are being injected into states affected by the storm. nbc's danielle leigh is in toms river with more on the recovery efforts there. danielle, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. i'm standing on the road that should connect all of us in the mainland. all of us on the jersey shore. so close yesterday. take a look at what we're seeing. and all along the top of the pat patio. just evidence of the lives ripped to shreds because of the storm. really all across the jersey shore, we're seeing stories of immense devastation, flooding. homes covered. boardwalks destroyed. i got a chance to talk to some of the people rescued from jersey shore. many people throughout new jersey still without power. that was one of the things on governor chris christie's mind as president obama comes to tour and see the damage. reporting live in new jersey, i'm danielle lee. back to you. >>> 6:43. take a live look ove
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Nov 2, 2012 6:00pm EDT
. after the storm president obama and governor mitt romney are fighting for votes. while voters in maryland are still lined up for hours. we begin with steve handelsman. he's on capitol hill. steve? >> doreen, thanks. it's a numbers game. four days to go. 7.9%. that's the new unemployment number. in the race for the white house both sides tonight are disagreeing about the meaning of that. but they agree about the importance of the number 18. the electoral votes of the state of ohio. and both sides badly want them. so close to the end you know they're in ohio. mitt romney in aetna. >> i'm counting on you. >> reporter: president obama in hilliard taking credit for the auto bailout. >> it paid off in toledo. where chrysler's adding more than 1,000 new jobs on a second shift. not in china. right here in ohio. >> reporter: it paid off for him. a two-point lead in ohio polls. >> compaes hired more workers in october than at any time in the last eight months. >> reporter: it's the last jobs report before the vote. 7.9% unemployment, slightly worse. 171,000 new jobs, better than expected b
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Oct 31, 2012 6:00pm EDT
without power. that's down from 8.5 million at the storm's peak. >> president barack obama was in new jersey joined by governor christie. the president told the people there in his words, we're going to be here for the long haul. >> it was back to school today for most of the students in our area. many kids from maryland to virginia returned to classes. a few schools remained closed because of lingering power outages. >> some of the worst damage we've seen has been along the new jersey shore. tonight, we have a report from kingsburg, new jersey. the police there say about 70% of that area is under water. jim ronfield has our report from there. jim? >> reporter: kingsburg is on a long list tonight of bayshore communities in crisis. a little progress to report about that water you referenced. we've seen it receding here on beachway. a lot of debris left behind and this storm has left behind scars to last a lifetime. three days post sandy and kingsburg, new jersey is still like other bayshore communities -- in crisis mode. roads still have standing water, sand and debris. homes bear fres
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Nov 4, 2012 6:00pm EST
shows this is a battle of the sexes. president obama has an eight-point lead with women, governor romney, a seven-point lead with men. on capitol hill, brian mooar, news 4. >> both candidates are spending a lot of time in the battleground state of virginia. today tag and ben romney campaigned in northern virginia. they made stops in fairfax, sterling, and stanton holding rallies for supporters and volunte volunteers. romney will be at lynchburg tomorrow and george mason later that day. president obama was in new hampshire, florida today, ohio and colorado tonight, but his surrogates spent the day in the commonwealth. madeline albright canvassed with campaign volunteers. >>> that close to home today, police are searching for a person of interest after a robbery at a obama campaign office down in florida. fort meyers place say an employee found the front door of the office smashed this morning. the only thing reported missing is an envelope with an undisclosed amount of money inside of it. no computers stolen, no vandalism was reported. surveillance cameras captured a man on video i
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Nov 4, 2012 9:00am EST
" moderator david gregory says president obama touring new jersey with republican governor chris christie made its mark on the race. >> that endorsement in a way. very high marks from christie from obama, did have a big political impact. a republican and democrat working together on a pressing problem. it seems to have an impact. how much? we'll see. i think it's definitely had an effect on the final week. >> a busy morning for "meet the press." david plouffe and eric cantor will be the guests. it is being broadcast from democracy plaza in new york. >>> long lines in d.c. as voters lined up to cast an early ballot before tuesday's election. last day for in-person absentee voting in virginia. admin sfrators are not worried about long lines on voting day because many more polling places will be open. be sure to stay with news 4 for complete coverage of the election and results on tuesday night. stay up to date on our website, nbcwashington.com. >>> to hurricane sandy's impact. one week since the storm made landfall, changing thousands of lives. homeland security secretary janet nap
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Oct 31, 2012 11:00pm EDT
: president obama toured the devastation with new jersey governor today delivering the sympathies of the nation. >> i promise, promise, you're going to be okay. >> we are here for you. and we will not forget. we will follow up to make sure that you get all of the help that you need until you rebuild. >> but they can't come back until they clean up. water continues to be pushed out of the subway ins lower manhattan while emotions, for many, have been stretched to their limits. >> everything is gone. but we've still got each other. >> a bond as they struggle through what sandy left behind. >> reporter: and it's support they will need for a long time as the clean-up and recovery continues. jay grey, nbc news, toms river, new jersey. >> north of toms river, flood waters completely overwhelmed the protective barriers in kingsburg, new jersey. it has left residents overwhelmed by destruction. tim rosen reports on how they're coping with it all. >> three days, posts sandy, and kingsburg, new jersey is still like other bay shore communities. in crisis mode. roads still have standing water, a
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Oct 29, 2012 3:05am EDT
voters. and governor kasich dissed michigan, which i suppose is what you do when you're governor of ohio. michigan has had one of the biggest drops in unemployment. when obama took office, michigan was a messecause of the auto industry. they've had a huge drop of unemployment. even though they a little bit higher now than michigan. and i was struck that governor kasich suggested that everybody was for the auto rescue. no, they weren't. most republicans, with the exception by the way of president george w. bush who let it happen with actions he took, were against the auto rescue. so i don't understand, well i do understand, but people just don't want to take responsibility for where they stood on that issue. >> this was a question, carly about the auto bailout b. what role government direct government money would play in restructuring these companies. >> that's right. and who stands first in line to be repaid? is it the unions? or is it debtors and creditors? that was the fundamental question. and the truth is, it is disingenuous and factually inaccurate to say that republicans weren
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Nov 4, 2012 10:30am EST
delivering? >> i give everybody high marks. i give president obama, i give governor christie, i give countless local leaders. this is the best i've seen it. we've now been through a number of challenges really going back to this area being hit so hard by 9/11. it seems like every challenge from 100-year snowstorms to the hurricanes, people are gets better together. but obama was on the phone with me directly the night of the event. the governor was reaching out to me before the event even happened to make sure we had what we needed. the integration of services, sharing of communication, the sharing of critical assets was really an incredible job. >> joe scarborough, there is a political impact of this. i talked to republicans close to mitt romney who said governor christie was doing his job but he was really effusive in his praise before anything was delivered. you look at the numbers from chuck todd, there's a political impact, isn't there? >> there may be. there certainly was in 1992 with george h.w. bush and again in 2006. with george w. bush and his mishandling of the hurricane.
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Oct 31, 2012 5:00am EDT
immediately for help to repair damage caused by hurricane sandy. earlier this week, president obama cleared the way for disaster assistance, also making a major disaster declaration for new york. >>> today president obama heads to new jersey to assess the damage caused by sandy. he'll be joined by new jersey governor chris christie. the republican governor is one of mitt romney's biggest supporters, and he has criticized the president on many issues in weeks and months. christie, though, calls the president's response to sandy outstanding. >>> mitt romney will return to the campaign trail today. the republican presidential nominee will stump tomorrow in virginia. paul ryan will return to wisconsin. mitt romney cancelled many campaign events out of respect for sandy's victims. he helped collect supplies from his supporters yesterday in ohio. the district is making up for lost days by extending early voting hours. you can vote until 9:00 p.m. in maryland, you'll have two extra days to vote early. the state's early voting centers will be open friday. they will also open early, two hour
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Nov 2, 2012 4:00pm EDT
: governor romney has two stops in ohio today. president obama three. and they'll both be back before tuesday. both candidates are campaigning as if any letup would mean they would lose ohio and lose the election. i'm steve handelsman, news 4. >>> early voting ends tonight in maryland. tomorrow in d.c. the big turnout has overwhelmed elections officials and caused long lines at some early voting sites. it's also the talk around town this week. here with some reaction from the station's listeners. malette, what is driving these long lines? we've got question 6, we've got question 7. and by the way, that presidential election, too, right? >> that little thing, right? yeah. all of the above. you know, people have been really studying up on question 6 and 7. they've had no choice. they've been inundated with robo-calls and of course the ads that have been on tv and radio. and so people are energized. this is kind of like what you expect in this final push. and they have been out there at the polls. the other thing is those civil rights groups and those groups dedicated to fighting voter s
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Oct 29, 2012 7:00am EDT
, of course, a presidential election just eight days away. president obama, governor romney forced to cancel some events and reschedule others. we just got word that the president has cancelled a planned event in florida this morning in order to get back to washington. they were worried air force one may not be able to land in deteriorating conditions. >> we've got correspondents all up and down the east coast. let's start with al roker in point pleasant beach, new jersey. al, what can you tell us? >> reporter: well, i can tell you, matt, that these dunes that i'm on were built for a storm in 1992 that had washed into the town and caused massive damage. these dunes are in damage of breaching. high tide is starting to come up over the dunes. this is a massive storm, as you mentioned, and it will get more intense. it's now over the gulf stream that's running parallel to the east coast. that is extremely warm water. we've seen pressure drops. the pressure is now down to 941 millibars, and it may strengthen even more. we expect more strengthening. take a look at a path of, first of all, s
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Nov 1, 2012 7:00pm EDT
. obama hammered his opponent as a candidate who can't be trusted. >> governor romney has been using all his talents as a salesman to dress up all these same policies that failed our country so badly. >> reporter: charging into virginia, mitt romney, who softened his attack during the wake of superstorm sandy, had more to say. >> you will see high levels of unemployment continue and stalled wage growth, if any at all. >> reporter: and mr. romney mocked mr. obama for this proposal he outlined earlier. >> i said i want to consolidate the government agencies, we should have one secretary of business, instead of nine different departments. >> we don't need the secretary of business to understand business. we need a president who understands business. and i do. >> reporter: this afternoon in richmond, mr. romney called on supporters to give to the red cross but was interrupted by protesters. >> that is what caused this monster storm. >> reporter: at the center of the response to the storm, new york city's mayor michael bloomberg said that climate change contributed to the storm, and endorsed
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Oct 30, 2012 4:00pm EDT
assistance. tomorrow, president obama joins high profile republican governor chris christie for a tour of new jersey damage. political opponents brought together by the super storm. i'm steve handelsman, news4. >> so far the federal response to sandy has been widely praised. >>> veronica joins us now with numbers on the wind and rain. how much we got. >> that's right. how much we got and the issues we're seeing today which is really some of the tributaries off the potomac, we're continuing to see those swollen, rivers, creeks, streams. the concern is frederick, maryland. we saw flooding in patuxent. for frederick county and for loudoun county, 19.6 feet and it is cresting at around flood stage. now some of the numbers with sandy again as it made its landfall late yesterday slamming into the southern portions of new jersey around atlantic city, la laytonsville. annapolis, maryland, close to 70. ballinger creek at 66-mile-per-hour wind gusts. gaithersburg coming in at 65. ellicott city at 63 miles per hour. of course, we did have a lot of rain. some neighborhoods had a little more than othe
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Nov 1, 2012 4:30am EDT
things are getting a little bit better here in new jersey. >> all right, thank you. >>> president obama is promising a quick response from the federal government. he and new jersey governor chris christie toured some of the devastation sandy left behind. the president says his administration will not forget about the storm's victims. >> we're going to have a lot of work to do. i don't want anybody to feel that somehow this is all going to get cleaned up overnight. we want to make sure that people have realistic expectations. but what i can promise you is that the federal government will be working as closely as possible with the state and local officials, and we will not quit until this is done. >> right now, fema has more than 2,000 workers on the ground in new jersey to help storm victims. >>> this morning we're getting a better perspective on how dangerous conditions were when sandy hit. take a look at some pretty dramatic video we got from the greenwich, connecticut, fire department. you can see three homes completely engulfed in flames in these pictures. firefighters say the wind,
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Nov 1, 2012 6:00am EDT
jersey shore seems like an overwhelming task. president obama toured parts of the shore yesterday with governor chris christie and helped residents to rebuild. danielle leigh is there with more. >> reporter: many of those popular vacation communities along the jersey shore, places like seaside heights, they are still cut off from the rest of society today. on the other side of that bridge, it is just not safe to be over there right now. along tom's river, constant reminders of damage. a boat behind me, a piece of a couch. the damage is severe. we're talking about levels homes, streets that are impassable. it was just yesterday that many people were evacuated, those who were stranded along the shore. they're really holding on to the president's promises to expedite this recovery process. they really want to get this recovery under way. for many of them, they have been without power for days now in the cold and the dark. and they are anxious. those on the mainland, they have been spending time here where i'm standing. they'll likely be back here today. they just want to get back over to
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Oct 27, 2012 11:00pm EDT
ballot. >>> president obama and mitt romney are cancelling campaign events in states affected by sandy. governor romney was scheduled to make three stops in virginia tomorrow. he will go to ohio instead. now, the president's cancelling a monday evebt in northern virginia and leaving for florida tomorrow instead of monday. the vice president and first lady, cancelled events because of the weather. >>> still ahead tonight, the impending arrival of hurricane sandy. >>> a live look ike leggett: gaming generated one hundred and eighty... million dollars for maryland schools. question seven will double it. rushern baker: question seven will add table games and... a new casino, generating millions of dollars... every year, without raising taxes. leggett: and audits will ensure the money goes... where it's supposed to. more jobs, and millions for schools. baker: question seven will be good for our kids... our teachers, and our schools. leggett: keep maryland money in maryland. baker: please vote for question seven. leggett: vote for question seven. sandy up next. >>> folks all along the
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Oct 31, 2012 7:00am EDT
. president obama will visit the jersey shore later today. governor christie will tour him around to see the damage along this battered coastline, but, of course, it's not just new jersey. this entire region took a nasty hit. unimaginable devastation and staggering scenes of damage stretching all across the northeast as families try to recover from sandy's unforgiving wrath. >> i'm floored by what happened. >> reporter: neighborhoods are ravaged. cars and home swallowed by water. >> it was unbelievable. i never saw anything like that in my life. >> shredded debris and trees ripped from the ground, knocking down power lines and leaving an open wound of heartbreak up and down the coast. >> it was the scariest thing i've ever seen. >> reporter: across 15 states millions have been left without power. new jersey, the state where sandy came ashore, was hardest hit. in seaside heights, the boardwalk's been ripped apart. the amusement park there before and after the storm. the roller coaster now in the atlantic ocean. the ocean swept so far onshore everything is now covered in sand. the gove
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Nov 1, 2012 4:00pm EDT
create jobs and get our economy moving. >> reporter: but the former governor's path to a win looks difficult. in today's nbc news marist poll, romney's down by 6% in ohio, closer in new hampshire and wisconsin. that's where air force one went today, green bay. president obama back on the trail after suspending campaigning for hurricane sandy. he made his closing argument. >> we know what change looks like. and what the governor's offering sure ain't change. giving more power back to the biggest banks isn't change, leaving millions without health insurance isn't change. >> reporter: his new ad features colin powell. >> the president saved the auto industry. and the actions he has taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very, very solid. >> reporter: the ads running in the nine swing states plus minnesota, an acknowledgement that governor's got a shot to win that election. >> the president wants to see four more years, and that's his chance, four more years. but our chant is this, five more days. >> reporter: but floridians lined up for early voting. tuesday is t
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Nov 2, 2012 4:00am EDT
stand with 100 supporters, celebrities, and politicians backing his campaign. governor romney last night was in virginia beach. this was a makeup rally from before the storm. the president's campaign is running out of steam. meantime, president obama also hitting sechbl states between now and election day with the closeness on ohio. he will be in ohio every day until voters head to the polls. the president making his closing argument and focusing on that must-win state. he is also picking up a key endorsement from new york mayor michael bloomberg. earlier in the week he said they were too busy to have a presidential visit. >>> tracie pots for us in washington. thank you. >>> more political news for you. missouri senate candidate todd akin gained national attention for the legitimate rape comments. now he's got an ad with two women talking about of all things rape. >> my name is kelly, i'm a full-time student, a mother. i'm a woman who had an abortion. i've been raped in my past. >> the reason that i'm voting for todd and i'm so proud of him is that he defensds the unborn. >> paul r
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Oct 28, 2012 9:00am EDT
plan, compare it to governor romney's... and decide which is better for you. it's an honor to be your president... and i'm asking for your vote... so together, we can keep moving america forward. i'm barack obama and i approve this message. >>> tracking sandy this moing. we have live pictures from rehoboth beach, already feeling the effects of this monster storm. the category 1 hurricane has its sights set on the east coast and coastal communities like rehoboth beach and many through north carolina and new jersey are bracing for impact to see where this storm might make landfall. our area may not get a direct hit from sandy but we could still feel the effects. >> many cities and counties are putting resources in place. joining us is prince george's county executive. >> thank you for having me. >> you've started the process of notifying residents. you're pushing out alerts by social media and e-mail? >> that's correct. people can get updates on what's going on by going to the prince george's county website and signing up for notify me and they'll get updates on the hour of what's going
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Nov 4, 2012 10:00am EST
governor romney's... and decide which is better for you. it's an honor to be your president... and i'm asking for your vote... so together, we can keep moving america forward. i'm barack obama and i approve this message. >> tell me something i don't know. >> i think that on november 7, the election will not be over. we're going to have an overtime election and you may have more florida-style recounts. chris: i don't know what to say about that. >> if knit romney wins the split within the republican party, the divisions, will come out into the open. there will be open warfare among republicans, conservatives, who have been zipping their mouths while moderate mitt has emerged. chris: yeah. >> and start to challenge him. immediately. >> wisconsin is becoming the financial and ideological heart of the republican party and the conservative movement. if romney loses, a lot of that money, bradley foundation, bigger than the colt brothers, spending more money. a lot of that money goes to ryan and ryan in 2016 will come in with ideological and financial support. chris: i don't think he's shown
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Nov 1, 2012 7:00am EDT
shore, president obama came to meet with new jersey's governor wednesday and personally assessed the damage. >> we are here for you. and we will not forget, we will follow up to make sure that you get all the help that you need until you've rebuilt. >> reporter: at shore communities, the beach now buries homes and businesses. sand plowed from the strts like snow in a blizzard. >> you couldn't see anything. because the sand was so intense. >> in new york city, a dramatic division. >> there'so light, no power, no nothing. >> reporter: a huge chunk of downtown manhattan struggling without power. >> it's sort of like the city has been in some ways cut in half around 40th or 42nd street. >> reporter: schools remain shut, but much of the city is finally coming to life. mayor bloomberg helped reopen the stock exchange thanks to generator power. limited subway service resumes today, but mass transit is a disaster. many have to get around either on foot or on wheels. the gridlock is now extreme and car pooling is a must. >> from 6:00 a.m. till midnight, if you're coming into manhattan on one
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Nov 1, 2012 6:00pm EDT
governor's path to a win looks difficult. in today's nbc news marist poll, romney's down by 6% in iowa, closer in new hampshire and wisconsin. that's where air force one went today, green bay. president obama back on the trail after suspending campaigning for hurricane sandy. he made his closing argument. >> we know what change looks like. and what the governor's offering sure ain't change. giving more power back to the biggest banks isn't change. leaving millions without health insurance isn't change. >> reporter: his new ad features colin powell. >> the president saved the auto industry. and the actions he has taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very, very solid. >> reporter: the ad's running in the nine swing states plus minnesota. an acknowledgement that governor romney's got a chance to upset the election map. >> the president wants to see four more years and that's his chant, four more years. but our chant is this, five more days, all right? five more days. >> reporter: but floridians lined up today to early vote. tuesday is the last day of the election.
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Oct 30, 2012 4:30am EDT
my plan, compare it to governor romney's... and decide which is better for you. it's an honor to be your president... and i'm asking for your vote... so together, we can keep moving america forward. i'm barack obama and i approve this message. >>> take a look at some of the pictures sent into us by viewers. there is flooding in the sandbridge section of virginia beach. a flooded creek in sunshine, maryland, as well, and even snow in west virginia. reports of about 18 inches of snow at the most extreme points in west virginia. these photos, you can also e-mail your photos of storm damage to ic@nbcwashington.com. also, on nbcwashington.com, you can report damage on our interactive map. >> weather and traffic on the ones. meteorologist tom kierein has been following sandy, watched sandy move through the east coast. what's it doing now? >>> it has weakened, i'm happy to say. still giving us rain, snow out of the mountains, pockets of moderate showers rotating and moving through the metro area of northern virginia and maryland. they'll be with us through the rest of the day. very chilly.
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Nov 3, 2012 11:00pm EDT
, compare it to governor romney's... and decide which is better for you. it's an honor to be your president... and i'm asking for your vote... so together, we can keep moving america forward. i'm barack obama and i approve this message. >>> carol was on the edge of her seat watching the wizards tonight. >> in the studio, wishing i was there, the home opener. a little wizards magic. >> it was so much fun, though. the new look wiz kids were pesky, spirited and so much fun to watch. they thrilled the home crowd with a valiant come back. this one goes down to the final seconds. as he knows, i was screaming at him the whole time. why does there have to be a but? it doesn't have that storybook ending. he struggled from the 4, he missed all five of his shots, karen serafin did off the bench. this clutch jumper, and puts the wiz with their first lead of the game up 86-84. boston coming right back. paul pierce, why oh, why, he does it again. three of his 27 points on the night. celtics back on top. a one point lead late, four and a half seconds to go. martell webster blowing up a player of
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Nov 2, 2012 11:00pm EDT
-building here at home. that's the right path. so read my plan, compare it to governor romney's... and decide which is better for you. it's an honor to be your president... and i'm asking for your vote... so together, we can keep moving america forward. i'm barack obama and i approve this message. >>> tonight, a reminder of how you can help the millions of people who have been hurt by hurricane sandy. here's some of the highlights along with the number you can call or text. >> have a good weekend. ♪ make a a land to hold in ♪ all around the world ♪ as a matter of fact ♪ there's only one place left ♪ but we're going to stay strong, keep growing ♪ ♪ that's the way that we win ♪ i see the lights, i don't know ♪ ♪ saw the ruins at my feet ♪ you are beautiful no matter what they say ♪ ♪ the waters can't bring you down no more ♪ ♪ >> announcer: it's "the tonight show with jay leno," featuring rickey minor and "the tonight show" band. tonight, jay welcomes -- oscar winning actress marion cotillard, the world's best dog act, olate dogs,
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Oct 31, 2012 5:00pm EDT
, because halloween is on in alexandria. >>> just a few minutes ago, president obama wrapped up a noose conference after he toured the devastation in new jersey. there he is, alongside new jersey governor chris christie. the president viewed the devastation from both the air and on the ground first hand today. in his remarks just moments ago, the president said this is a federal, state and local effort. an he thanked the people involved in the rescue and recovery effort. he also promised to follow up to make sure victims get the help they need. >> most importantly, our heards go out to the families who have lost loved ones. it's true that because of some good preparation, the loss of life was kept lower than it might have been. but for those individual families, obviously their world has been torn apart. we needed to make sure that everybody two has lost a loved one knows they're in our thoughts and prayers. i speak for the whole country there. >> before heading to new jersey today, the president visited fema headquarters here in washington. >>> it's still a dangerous situation in hobok
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